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St. Leo's College Carlow Students Win Gaisce Silver Award

Two students, Naoimh O'Neill and Kayla Robinson who attend St. Leo's College Carlow were recently presented with the Gaisce Silver Award.

The Gaisce Silver Award is one of the highest accolades awarded to young people from the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese.

Naoimh and Kayla were among 175 students receiving the national award at a presentation ceremony in December 2010. They both travelled to Dublin for the Gaisce Silver Award presentation ceremony just before Christmas in the Edmund Burke, Theatre, Trinity College.

The St. Leo's students took part in several community projects, physical and personal skill activities and an adventurous hiking trip to Glendalough, which saw the girls walk an incredible 50km.

At the awards ceremony, the girls had the privilege of meeting Today FM broadcaster Ray D'Arcy, who presented the awards on behalfof Gaisce partron President Mary McAleese.

The two girls received a silver medal and miniature replica brooch for their outstanding achievement on completing the silver Gaisce programme.

Supporting the girls at the event was teacher Ruth McHugh, who also applied tremenduos effort and dedication to the Gaisce programme. 

Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century

St. Leo's college is one of several schools involved in a two-year old pilot programme called Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century.

Teams from schools across the Country attend workshops in Kilkenny Education Centre, under the guidance of NUI Maynooth.

The process is focusing on homework and aims to enhance practices in homework in a way which improves student confidence, learning outcomes and builds strategies for life.